What is a qui tam? The legal practice explained and its origin

Qui tam started here in the United States in the 1800s during the Civil War.  Originally it was named “the Lincoln Law” and was enacted in order to stop the corruption and fraud the government was suffering trying to buy supplies for the war.  The fraud was rampant at all levels, from the sale of…



National Whistleblower Appreciation Day

What an amazing day today actually is! What you say? It’s not my birthday! It’s not the 4th of July!  It’s not even National Send your Grandma a Hallmark Card Day! What is today? Today is National Whistleblower Day! I am sure you count the days each year for this fantastic holiday. Ok, maybe I am a bit over…



Money Extortion: How it can affect a qui tam lawsuit

It is commonly known that you are not allowed to “extort” money from a person.  What does it mean to extort money? The definition is to obtain something by force, threat or other unfair means. In other words, you can’t threaten to turn in a criminal unless they pay you money.  But what about employment situations…



Zoltan Barati for the State of Florida v Motorola: The Most Important Question in Florida Whistleblower Law is Being Decided in This Matter.

Will our client, Zoltan Barati and the people of the State of Florida, get their day in court?  In this case Florida’s whistleblower statute and system is being turned on its head. The important question being decided is whether corruption will be given a loophole to escape responsibility.Qui tam/False Claims Act/Whistleblower laws were created to…



How much money do war contractors make? Apparently not enough!

One such contractor, Kellogg, Brown & Root Services Inc (KBR) is being sued by a whistleblower and the Department of Justice for defrauding the government.  The lawsuit says two Kuwaiti firms, La Nouvelle General Trading & Contracting Company and First Kuwaiti Trading Company both were using a kickback scheme along with overbilling to rip off…







Qui Tam Thrives Under Obama

I knew this administration would "get it" on at least this issue:  Creating qui tam and whistleblower protection is the best way to root out fraud in the government.  Today, July 15, 2010 Congress passed the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (H.R. 4173) with vote of 60 to 39.  This act includes quite…



How Proof Is Essential in Qui Tam/Whistleblower Cases

 A word of warning: Don’t ever bring a whistleblower case based on accusations alone.  They will be treated as speculation and given no weight.  You must have some level of proof.  What that proof needs to be depends on the judge.  Recently, US District Judge John E. Steele in Fort Myers, FL decided the proof…



Whistleblower Case Against Lance Armstrong

Hell hath no fury like a cyclist’s wrath!  Okay, so I took the saying and manipulated it a bit for effect. Poor Lance Armstrong, he is now caught in the Floyd Landis Qui Tam wrath. For those of you not paying attention to the cycling world, Floyd Landis was an American cyclist who won the…



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